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Budapest Airport Wins Overall: Routes Europe 2024 Awards

Budapest Airport has been crowned the Overall Winner at the Routes Europe 2024 Awards and triumphed in the 5-20 Million Passenger category.

Budapest Airport Sky Court

The Hungarian airport was one of five winners at the event, which celebrated excellence in airport and destination marketing and the importance of partnership in sustainable route development. The other victors at the ceremony, held at Routes Europe 2024 in Aarhus, Denmark, were Turismo de Portugal, Athens International Airport, Albrecht Dürer Airport Nürnberg, and Jet2.com.

The full list of Routes 2024 winners:

  • Overall Winner
    • Budapest Airport
  • Under 5 Million Passengers
    • Albrecht Dürer Airport Nürnberg
  • 5-20 Million Passengers
    • Budapest Airport
  • Over 20 Million Passengers
    • Athens International Airport
  • Destination
    • Turismo de Portugal
  • Airline
    • Jet2.com

Overall Winner: Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport utilizes effective airline marketing strategies that significantly contribute to its success. Through creative social media engagements, it attracts a wide range of passenger demographics and promotes the destination’s charm. In 2023, the airport served 14.7 million passengers, achieving 91% of its pre-pandemic traffic levels. It also expanded its nonstop flight capacity by over 30% to critical markets like China, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Following their success, Balázs Bogáts, Chief Commercial Officer at Budapest Airport said: “This accolade is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation. I want to express my deepest gratitude to our talented team, our airline partners and all those who contribute to our success. Together we have created a hub of connectivity, efficiency, and passenger satisfaction. We remain dedicated to pushing boundaries, exploring new horizons, and delivering impactful marketing solutions. Our journey continues, and we invite you all to be part of it. You are at the right place. We are at the right place.”

Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg Wins In Under 5 Million Passenger Category

TUIfly plane at Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg

Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg in Germany won the Under 5 Million Passengers category due to its considerable growth in 2023. It now serves 65 destinations, with 16 new routes added and an increased schedule frequency since 2019.

Christian Käser, Vice President Aviation Sales & Traffic Development at Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg, said, “We really appreciate being awarded this prize. It’s very satisfying to see that our transformation to thrive in a drastically different, dynamic market has been recognized by our customers and airlines.”

Athens International Airport Wins In +20 Million Passenger Category

Athens International Airport Waiting Area George Kokkinidis-GR – Own work

In 2023, Athens International Airport set a new record by handling over 28 million passengers and added 39 new destinations. The growth was supported by 19 new airlines and 68 extra services on existing routes, primarily fueled by increased traffic from Western Europe and North America.

Ioanna Papadopoulou, Director of Communications and Marketing at Athens International Airport, said: “We are thrilled by this prestigious award, which is the reward for our hard work and all our efforts to enhance our airport’s and our city’s connectivity! Dedicated to all our colleagues at Athens International Airport who work 24/7 with dedication and passion for our airlines, our passengers, and our country!”

Turismo de Portugal Wins Destination Award

photo of train in railroad
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In the Destination category, Turismo de Portugal was recognized for its effective partnerships with airport and airline partners. These collaborations included multichannel marketing campaigns that promoted new routes, contributing to the launch of 30 new destinations in the 2024 summer schedule and achieving record-breaking passenger levels in 2023.

Miguel Moraes, Head of Trade Relations at Turismo de Portugal, said: “It recognises the effort we have been developing in the last decade, working closely with our partner airlines to deliver sustainable routes to our destinations. Especially throughout the difficult period that we endured together, when cooperation was the key element to the recovery, we are now enjoying the benefits of that work. A word of appreciation to those who voted for us, with the reassurance that we will always be here to cooperate with the industry, so critical to our tourism sector.”

Jet2.com Wins Airline Category

Tenerife, Spain – September 22, 2022: Jet2 Boeing 737-800 airplane at Tenerife South airport (TFS) in Spain.

Jet2.com won the Airline category and expanded significantly in 2023, increasing seat capacity by over 7%. It added new routes, grew its fleet, and introduced Liverpool John Lennon Airport services. During the summer of 2024, the airline plans to launch almost 40 new routes from various UK airports.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award which recognizes Jet2.com’s strength and success, as well as our industry-leading approach to supporting and working with airport and destination partners. The Routes Awards are truly global, so this accolade is outstanding evidence of the success of our business, our relentless focus on customer service, and our continued commitment to building long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships with airports and destinations.”

A panel of airline judges reviewed and scored finalists from the Airport and Destination categories. The Airline category was reviewed and scored by a panel of editorial judges.

About Routes Events 

Routes events are specialized annual forums organized by the Aviation Week Network to foster the development of new air services. These events occur regionally in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa/Middle East, with the main Routes World event held in October. Activities at these forums include pre-scheduled meetings, exhibitions, and conferences carried out in partnership with host stakeholders like airports, tourism authorities, and investment partners. The selection of hosts is decided through a bidding process 2-3 years in advance. For further details, visit www.routesonline.com.


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